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Niigaaniin Ontario Works

Niigaaniin is the implementation of the Ontario Works legislation with culturally appropriate provisions. Rates, eligibility and program parameters are established by the Ontario Works program.


Niigaaniin offices are located at 575 Sagamok and operated between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm (but closed for lunch between 12:00 and 1:00pm).  


Niigaaniin may be contact by phoning (705) 865-1395 or toll-free at 1 (800) 727-5503. 


Faxes may be sent to (705) 865-3038.  


Our primary services include Financial Support, Employment Assistance and Additional Services.


The Niigaaniin program is based on community specific needs, and programs are delivered through a client case management model within Sagamok Anishnawbek. 



Employment Assistance

  • Helps individuals to obtain employment and financial independence
  • Provides job readiness workshops, referrals to job counselling and training programs, access to education programs and use of office equipment such as telephone, fax machine and computer


Financial Support

  • Basic Needs, such as food and clothing for individuals and their families
  • Shelter costs, based on the size of the family including rent, heat, hydro, gas, water, sewage, and house insurance


Additional Services


Employment Resource Centre

Assists Ontario Works participants by providing: 

  • Assistance in job searches and researching job ads 
  • Computer use and assistance to update resumés and write cover letters 
  • Employment counselling in various areas including preparing for interviews 
  • Information about other programs

 Offers access to the following job search tools: 

  • Access to Service Canada Job bank website 
  • Community Placement Program (for volunteer opportunities) 
  • Computer and Internet access 
  • Fax machine, phone and photocopier 
  • Information on the Enhanced Employment Placement Program (for paid employment and training)


Extended Health Benefits

Determined based upon need, Niigaaniin provides various health benefits to individuals and families with high health costs, such as:

  • basic dental care
  • diabetic supplies
  • eyeglasses 
  • hearing aids 
  • prescription drugs 
  • surgical supplies and dressings 
  • transportation for medical appointments


To book an appointment, please call Robyn at 705 865-1395 extension 201. Please be sure to bring the required documentation for verification of eligibility.


If you are in financial need and would like to apply for assistance, you can contact Robyn at (705) 865-2171 ext.201 and she will be happy to meet with you.










Shpiming Nikeyaa Zhaawag


Shpiming Nikeyaa Zhaawag is a program that compliment’s the Niigaaniin employment services component it addresses addiction barriers to employment. A Ge Naad Mo Wit worker will work with eligible Niigaaniin participants to help them explore their drug and alcohol use, understanding the effects of their use on themselves and their relationships with others and about treatment options. Participants also receive help getting to and from treatment.


The Shpiming Nikeyaa Zhaawag program enables participants to:

  • work towards a goal of abstinence from all mood altering substances.
  • understand the nature of your addiction, and learn tools to help you achieve a lasting recovery. This is especially important for people with addiction in the family.
  • identify blocks to recovery in a supportive environment.
  • understand what needs to be changed, and make an achievable plan of action.
  • learn new and effective ways to change behaviour.


How does the Shpiming Nikeyaa Zhaawag program work?     You will be transferred to an Shpiming Nikeyaa Zhaawag Gi-Naad-Mo-Wit within Niigaaniin Program who have specialized training in, addictions, and a small enough caseload to be able to provide you with effective case management and support.


Your treatment will be assessed according to your needs. Your SNZ Gi-Naad-Mo-Wit, will meet with you regularly, and when you both agree that the time seems appropriate, you will have the opportunity to access either or both non-residential or residential services for yourself and for family members with addiction.


If you think that ShpimingNikeyaaZhaawag may be suitable for you, contact your Niigaaniin caseworker for a referral. Once we have received your referral, a Ge Naad Mo Wit worker will follow up with you to schedule an appointment to get your registered. Call us today!  Find out more about Shpiming Nikeyaa Zhaawag online at


Meshkoogaabwidjik “Standing Strong” Program


Niigaaniin has offered the Meshkoogaabwidjik Program to its participants since 2008. Though the program has evolved over time to suit the changing needs of our participants, the goals of the program are to:

  • Increase individual, family and community wellbeing, with the understanding that health and wellness are prerequisites to economic success
  • Reduce the negative impacts of addictions, abuse and intergenerational trauma improving the individuals’ ability to be contributing and responsible members of their families and communities
  • Decrease dependency on social assistance and other transfer programs
  • Increase the ability of chronically unemployed and underemployed persons to improve their capacities and to systematically learn and work their way into improved social and economic circumstances
  • Create economic opportunities and jobs, and gradually but steadily move the community toward full employment and prosperity for all and
  • Pay special attention to the social and economic advancement of youth.


The Meshkoogaabwidjik Program is delivered has a five (5) month healing and wellness component, and a three (3) month community employment placement component.


Find out more about the Meshkoogaabwidjik Program online at